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French Pressed (Coffeehouse Mystery #6)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,986 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Murder takes the plunge in the sixth book in the Coffeehouse mystery series. Clare Cosi's daughter, Joy, is interning-and falling- for a top New York chef when his kitchen turns cutthroat, and Joy becomes a murder suspect. Clare knows she must catch the real killer-even if it lands her in the hottest water of her life.
Hardcover, Large Print, 467 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Wheeler Publishing (first published 2008)
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Petula Darling
Nov 24, 2013 Petula Darling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
That's it, I can't take any more of this series. The never-ending drama of Clare and her creepy, lying, condescending, sex-addict,douchetard ex-husband/housemate finally proved too much for me. The mysteries were often fun, but the squick-factor of their on/off relationship is just too...squicky. Somehow I made it through five books, but when it was still going on well into book number six, I, unlike Clare Cosi, decided I'd had enough.
(full disclosure: like any abused partner, I was still holdin

My least favorite in the series so far.

In this installment, you learn Claire's daughter, who is interning to be a chef, seduced and slept with an older married man who happens to also be her mentor and boss. This is not new, the affair is revealed in the last book. But I had half hoped it would be revealed to be a misunderstanding.

It wasn't.

Joy, Claire's none too bright daughter, insists all this is her own business and tells everyone to butt out - until the affair inadvertently puts her
Jan 26, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cleo Coyle's coffee-house mysteries are hard to read WITHOUT drinking coffee on the side, which is part of the reason this series is so enjoyable. I love how the author infuses knowledge of coffee in each of these books, educating readers while entertaining them with the story.

While the ride was certainly fun, I wasn't impressed by the mystery itself and the unveiling of the murderer. I didn't feel too surprised when finding out the killer's identity. As I don't think the author is trying to be
Oct 11, 2009 bookczuk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
Clare does some of the boroughs, a fancy-schmancy restaurant and ventures into Bumma territory of Brighton Beach and borscht. Plus some relationships get defined. And my favorite East Coast coffee roaster (outside of javaczuk), Counter Culture Coffee of Chapel Hill, NC, gets a mention in the thank you's and in the story itself.

Yes, I'll keep my eye out for book 7, Espresso Shot, though I don't think it'll make me drink more espresso. One of the books got me to take out my mocha pot, but this on
Jan 24, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sixth in her coffee house series. I like the series, in so far as the mysteries and plots go. I can not stand Clare, the main character. She is a bossy, pushy, "in your face" type of person. She is a real busy body, especially when it comes to her grown daughters life and love life. In this book, we see her conniving a way to get her coffee blends sold in the restaurant where her daughter is doing her internship, so she can make sure that one of the head cooks isn't picking on her. When Joy ...more
I've been an avid fan of "Cleo Coyle's" Coffeehouse mystery series since I first read On What Grounds, but I found the sixth installment in the series to be a bit flat, with too little mystery and too much romance.

The base plot and murders itself would probably be really great on its own, but I felt that the authors focused too much on Clare's relationship with Mike than on the actual mystery. The mystery didn't really start until a ways into the book and after Clare's daughter got arrested for
Jan 29, 2014 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sixth Village Coffeehouse mystery has Clare delving into the world of high class restaurants in Manhatten. She's been engrossed in running the Village Blend Coffeehouse but, Joy, her "20 something" daughter's relationship with an executive chef thirty years her senior, sends Clare out to check on this relationship. Clare's able to use her marketing skills of paring particular excellent coffees with exquisite deserts to talk with the chef. But soon there after one of his line cooks is found d ...more
John Marsh
Mar 25, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2014 Bridget rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, Village Blend owner Clare Cosi gets involved in a murder investigation when her daughter Joy is arrested for the murder of one of New York's most famous chefs. Joy is doing her culinary school internship at the chef's restaurant, as well as dating him (though he is a married man). When he is found dead and the knife used to kill him is Joy's, things don't start out well. Plus, one of her classmates was also stabbed to death, after he left de ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series. I'm going to get a cup of coffee now.
Katherine Decker
Once again Cleo Coyle has written a fun, entertaining, cozy mystery. The Coffeehouse series is one of my favorites. Clare, Mike, Matt, Joy, and Madame are as great as ever. Another page turner that was hard to put down- I highly recommend this series to all cozy fans and anyone looking to try them out.
KayLynn Zollinger
This installment was so much more of a "foodie" book than previous novels. I'm ok with that. The descriptions of food were so vivid and mouthwatering it made me crave it. And I really just like Claire. A very relatable heroine.
Clare's daughter Joy is really enjoying her internship at the hot New York restaurant Solange, as well as her hot affair with her significantly older married boss Chef Tommy Keitel. Clare's not happy about the relationship, but knows getting involved could ruin her relationship with Joy. So Clare resolves to keep a close eye by making a deal to act as a Coffee Steward for the restaurant, helping improve their dismal coffee. But when a member of staff is murdered and Joy finds herself under suspi ...more
Julie H.
Jul 25, 2010 Julie H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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French Pressed takes you inside the world of the professional kitchen as Clare's overly-spoiled daughter Joy is doing her culinary school internship at Chef Keitel's tony NYC restaurant Solange. The fact that Joy is sleeping with 50-something, egomaniacal Chef Keitel makes her the perfect suspect when one of the other interns (Joy's classmate Vinny), the uber-nasty stand-in head chef Brigitte, and Chef Keitel are murdered.

The same insights generally offered into the world of coffee brewing, bro
Sep 25, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 6th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare's romance with Detective Mike Quinn is beginning to heat up, but is complicated by her ex-husband and business partner. Clare has been trying to do her best not to meddle in her daughter's love life, but she is not pleased with Joy's romance with the head chef at her internship, who is also a married man. On a visit to the restaurant, Clare intervenes when the woman in charge of the kitchen in Tommy's absence begins to berate Joy and ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Cleo Coyle Coffee House mystery. This series continues to be enjoyable. The pluses are many. Coyle (the pseudonym for the main writer and her husband) is a decent writer. The prose is straightforward but enjoyable. It's not sophisticated but it is not insultingly juvenile. The author(s) clearly have an interest in coffee and food and I always feel like I learn something. They also have a love of New York City - and take their readers to the outer boroughs frequently. The plots always inv ...more
Joyce Lagow
Mar 19, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sixth in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.

Clare’s 21 year old daughter Joy is serving her internship year in culinary school at the upscale French restaurant, Solange. To her mother’s intense distress, Joy is also having an affair with the 50-something executive chef of the restaurant, Tommy Keitel. But when Joy discovers the body of her best friend in culinary school, clearly murdered, and then becomes the chief suspect in another murder, Clare and Matt step in to catch the real murderer and get
Oct 09, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favourite books in this series. It kept me engaged more than some of the others. In this outing, Clare's daughter, Joy, is suspected of killing her co-worker Vinnie and then later on her boss and lover, (married) Tommy Keitel. I liked the further development of the relationship between Clare and Mike and the waning of her attraction to Matteo (side note: I really hope the author doesn't keep pursuing a relationship between these two--Mike is a much better option). The mystery ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Buho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Joy's coworker is murdered, the cops believe Joy was involved. Claire is now trying to steer the cops away from her daughter and on to the trail of the real killer.

I really enjoyed this book. The mysteries in this series are finally starting to get complex. With all the previous installments, I felt like we watching Claire gather up the clues to prove her suspect is the killer. Now, I feel like we trying to figure out the killer. I am not easily guessing the endings.

Coyle also broke free of her
I love a good cup of coffee, and I like Clare Cosi, the main character in this series. This book builds upon things that happen in previous books, so it's probably a good idea to read the series in order. I thought that French Pressed was a little slow for the first half although the ending didn't feel rushed. I would have like to see Clare be a bit more logical instead of jumping from one suspect to another. Still, I was entertained.
Eileen Everly
still love clare cosi and mike quinn and matteo allegro and there are still lots of twist and turns, but it's becoming a bit of a stretch to believe clare would get the cooperation from everyone she questions and the respect from all the law enforcement personnel she encounters to allow her to solve these crimes on her own. still makes me want a freshly pulled espresso every time i read one! a fun read, worth the time to relax.
Dec 15, 2014 Holli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
least favorite in the series. hopefully no more references to gangs and other unpleasant issues. i want cozy mystery not gritty. can things take place at the coffeehouse next time? can coffee be discussed more in the next book? plz less less less of joy. she is an immature brat who doesn't c the consequences of her actions. refuses to c any flaws in her dad but gets mad at her mother at the drop of a hat.
In this book, Clare's daughter Joy is doing her chef internship at the popular New York restaurant, Solange. Joy has also started a relationship with the much older and married chef, Tommy Keitel. Needless to say, Clare is not pleased with this relationship. When one of Joy's fellow workers is murdered, Clare begins to think Solange is not a safe place to work. When Joy finds the body of chef Keitel and is arrested, Clare, her ex Matt and her boyfriend, Mike are all determined to clear Joy's nam ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good cozy mystery. Joy, Claire's daughter, is in the wrong place at the wrong time - twice and ends up being arrested for murder. Claire isn't about to sit back and see her daughter sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit. Working with her boyfriend, Lt. Mike Quinn, she sets off to find the killer. Along the way she spends time in a sweat lodge with a Russian mobster and helps the police catch some muggers who are targeting people at night clubs. Even though Claire's methods maybe b ...more
Jun 28, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle! I love Claire, Joy, Matteo and Mike. In the latest installment, Joy is doing her internship at Solange a hip NY restaurant owned by her very married boyfriend Tommy Keitel. Of course, Claire does not approve of the relationship, but Joy is a grown woman and has to make her own mistakes. However, Claire can't help but want to keep an eye on Joy and Tommy and comes up with the idea of offering to do coffee pairings for the restaurant, since thei ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clare Cosi considers providing her Grind's unique coffee blends to a restaurant where her daughter Joy is interning (and more) with chef Tommy Keitel, mostly so she can keep an eye on Joy. Turns out Joy is accused of the murder of her boss and another chef, so Cosi (and Mike & Matt) must step in to clear Joy.
Dec 12, 2014 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
They should call this series "Shot in the Dark Coffeehouse Mysteries" because that describes every theory Clare has ever had. This book was especially chock full of half-baked theories from Ms. Cosi, maybe more than usual.

I'm also consistently confused by how these characters are considered fashionable. Descriptions of their outfits always sounds so terrible.
Oct 11, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have had my share of Matteo and daughter Joy. I used to find them mildly annoying. Now I totally dislike them. If the author is trying to make them into likeable characters, it is not working for me. I am unsure whether or not I will continue to read this series but I said that a couple of books ago.
Dawn Michelle
May 28, 2009 Dawn Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: reading the series

3 1/2 stars

This was a good read. I am still really enjoying this series. Clare is an enjoyable AND engaging "heroine", who just cannot keep away from trouble. And by trouble, I mean dead bodies. Usually several. Add a busy coffeehouse, a ex-husband who wants to re-kindle the past and a rugged cop who wants to "kindle" the present and you have pretty interesting storylines.

This one includes Clare's daughter Joy, who is an chef intern at New York's hottest restaurant. But when two people show up
Jeanne Quigley
I don't like the taste of coffee, but Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse mysteries make me want to figure out how to use the coffee maker and then brew, and drink, a gallon of the stuff. This book has several great twists, takes readers on a tour of NYC's restaurant scene, blends in a growing romance, and provides a number of delicious coffee breaks.
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Cleo Coyle is the New York Times bestselling pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Under the name Cleo Coyle, they've written 15 Coffeehouse Mystery titles, including the latest, DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, which was chosen as a Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick, a "Most Wanted" selection of the Mystery Guild, and honored with four Best of Year list ...more
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